Massage for Health & Wellness

89% percent agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain.

43% of adult Americans who had a massage between July 2016 and July 2017 received it for medical or health reasons such as pain management, soreness/stiffness/spasms, injury rehabilitation, or overall wellness, a slight decrease from 2016 data.

29% percent of massage consumers had a massage for relaxation/stress reduction between July 2016 and July 2017.

Read More: Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet


Massage therapy reduces blood pressure

In a recent study researchers concluded the effects of massage in controlling high blood pressure in pre hyper tensive women lasted 72 hours after the massage. Over a period of four weeks people who received massage therapy had a significantly low blood pressure than those who didn’t.

Read More: Research Roundup: Cardiovascular Health & Massage | Full Study


Western medicine is catching on

61% report their physician recommend they receive massage on a regular basis

87% of individuals view massage as being beneficial to overall health and wellness.

71% of consumers agree that massage therapy should be considered a form of health care.

Read More: Consumer Views & Use of Massage Therapy


Reiki as a therapeutic modality

A review of previous studies found that overall 83% supported the benefits of adding Reiki as a therapeutic modality for conditions relating to pain, stress reduction and relaxation.

Reiki was administered before and after surgery to 870 patients at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Results indicated reduced stress levels preoperative and decreased amount of pain medication required postoperative.

Study of 120 patients with chronic pain complaints (headaches, arthritis pain, back pain, etc.) was significantly reduced for 1+ year, when patients received Reiki over a 5 week time-frame. 

General information: Reiki is offered locally at Albany Medical Center, St. Peter’s Health Partners, American Cancer Society Hope Club